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Davos 2013

Even Yale Students Are Worried About This

Posted 01.25.2014 | College

For the stock market, things are going great. If you're a recent college graduate: Not so much. The Dow Jones industrial average hit 52 all-time h...

Backcasting to the Future

Valerie Keller | Posted 06.05.2013 | Business
Valerie Keller

The impact of 'backcasting' is palpable and transformative. The biggest 'ah-ha' moment from immersing oneself in a future world is a striking awareness of the interdependencies of all systems.

Some New Ideas for the Davos Crowd

Terry Mollner | Posted 05.18.2013 | Business
Terry Mollner

Can the world's most powerful CEOs, beholden as they are to tradition, the profit demands of shareholders and Wall Street financial analysts, embrace the concept of the common good and lead their companies in a more people and earth-friendly way?

Embodying a New Era: Models for NGOs in the 21st Century

Tim Lehmann | Posted 05.06.2013 | Impact
Tim Lehmann

Today's era is unique in its trend of disruptive technologies, new tools-driven objectives of single purpose ventures, and emerging social movements. These are the trends to which NGOs need to develop a response.

How Games Shape Our World: Wolfenstein 3D to 2013

Giovanna Mingarelli | Posted 05.11.2014 | World
Giovanna Mingarelli

With billions of hours spent playing them, and built-in patterns designed to keep people hooked, will games have a positive or negative influence on the world? I think it all depends on what kinds of games we choose to play.

Worldwide Self-Interest: We All Scream for I Scream!

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

Terry Mollner, one of the founders of the Calvert Foundation and credited for securing the mission of Ben and Jerry's in their sale to Unilever, was invited to attend some of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Davos: An Exchange of Ideas

Geoffrey Cape | Posted 04.15.2013 | Impact
Geoffrey Cape

Finding solutions to complex problems is complex work, but after seven days in Davos, I am finding my path forward.

Making Sense of the Sense-making in Davos

Michael G. Jacobides | Posted 04.10.2013 | Business
Michael G. Jacobides

Davos helps create, and then capture, the zeitgeist. It's where people come to listen to those who might just know more than they do -- and see what they find interesting and important. It's about making sense of what others make sense of. And this is no small matter.

Finding Reality at the World Economic Forum

Aishwarya Nair | Posted 02.05.2013 | Business
Aishwarya Nair

From a non-European's point of view, if one were to rely solely on the media reports, it would seem as if the eurozone is in imminent danger of breaking apart. Ministers and heads of state are frustrated, the public is tired of the word "austerity," and the "will they, won't they?"

Doing Davos

Trisha de Borchgrave | Posted 04.06.2013 | Business
Trisha de Borchgrave

Unknowingly, like a caffeinated slow drip, one enters the realm of Davos, becomes absorbed and ultimately engages with the process of ideas, dialogue, and more times than I thought possible, brilliance.

Will the Trade Offs You Make Pay Off?

Katherine Milligan | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact
Katherine Milligan

This past Davos, much of the conversation explored strategic trade-offs on the road to scale. "We are all facing trade offs," as one social entrepreneur said.

This Year in Meta-Davos

Robert Teitelman | Posted 03.31.2013 | Business
Robert Teitelman

As always -- or at least over the past decade or so -- the most fascinating thing about Davos is not the empty effrontery of it all (that's old hat) but the fact that it's not what it used to be.

Just Economics

Ron Nikkel | Posted 03.31.2013 | Religion
Ron Nikkel

What constitutes "just" economics? How do I justly earn, spend and save whatever money I have in ways that reflect Jesus' agenda for the poor and prisoners and people with disabilities and those who are oppressed?

Examining the True Meaning of Davos

Don Tapscott | Posted 03.31.2013 | Business
Don Tapscott

The Forum began four decades ago as a meeting for European executives to discuss pressing global problems. It evolved into a think tank, researching various issues and convening other events. Today you could think of the organization as a "do tank."

An Aspirational Lifestyle for Seven Billion People?

Sue Riddlestone | Posted 03.31.2013 | Impact
Sue Riddlestone

There is an unconscious and slightly patronizing attitude out there in the world about doing our bit to help poor people with some aid. I sensed it as an eminent line up of world leaders discussed what will follow the Millennium Development Goals at Davos last week.

The Week University (As We Know It) Ended

Don Tapscott | Posted 03.30.2013 | Business
Don Tapscott

For many years I've been writing about how the Internet and new models of pedagogy will bring an end to the university's monopoly on higher education. Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come.

The 'Massive' Problem Facing Wall Street

Reuters | Posted 03.30.2013 | Business

By Lauren Tara LaCapra DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 27 (Reuters) - As the titans of Wall Street banks gathered to network, gossip and consi...

Decoding the 'Signals' From Davos

Rich Lesser | Posted 03.29.2013 | Business
Rich Lesser

In turbulent times, the glass can be seen as half full or half empty. At Davos, you hear passionate advocacy of both. I won't even try to say what 2013 will bring, but I do believe there are strong underlying signals of fundamental changes that will shape the future over the next decade.

Rebels Without a Cause? Beyond Heroic Social Entrepreneurship in Davos

Tim Lehmann | Posted 03.29.2013 | Impact
Tim Lehmann

The grand narrative of social entrepreneurship is everywhere: heroic individuals build innovative solutions to transform the texture of the world's social fabric. What have we learned in a decade of emergent debate on the topic?

Paving the Way for a New Capitalism Based on True Prices

Adrian de Groot Ruiz | Posted 03.29.2013 | Business
Adrian de Groot Ruiz

We are standing on the eve of a remarkable evolution of capitalism: a market economy based on true prices. Far-fetched? You believe that these ideas come from dreamy greenies? Well, think again.

WATCH: Arianna And Mark Hyman Discuss Epidemic Of Chronic Disease

Posted 01.26.2013 | GPS for the Soul

At the global forum in Davos, Arianna spoke with Mark Hyman, MD, about the U.S. epidemic of chronic disease and what inspired him to develop "function...

Girl Rising: A Better Life Begins in School

Gordon Brown | Posted 03.27.2013 | Impact
Gordon Brown

If one thing was made clear by the scale of the recent anti-child slavery demonstration of 200,000 young people in the Burmese capital Rangoon, it is that regimes can repress for a time but they cannot maintain their repression indefinitely. The marches show that while children may disappear one by one into slavery, sold off by relatives or neighbours, becoming in effect invisible people - the victims' cries for help cannot be silenced forever, and eventually the truth will out.

Going Down The Road -- In A Car That Drives Itself

Don Tapscott | Posted 03.27.2013 | Business
Don Tapscott

Imagine your car taking you from your driveway at home to your office's parking lot without you having to touch the wheel. It would be commuter heaven.

LOOK: New Mural Takes Colorful Look At Gender Inequality

Posted 01.31.2013 | Women

A stunning new pop-art project aims to portray a world in which women decision-makers vastly outnumber their male counterparts. "Gender Equality? ...

Davos Lightning Round: Where Do Good Policy and Good Business Align?

Ian Bremmer | Posted 03.27.2013 | Business
Ian Bremmer

2013-01-23-FinalDavosDiariesbanner.jpg Today I'm going to zap around the world a bit, outlining some global trends that are areas of opportunity, both for promoting the World Economic Forum's commitment to "improving the state of the world" and for businesses' bottom lines.